An incredible Florida display featuring 89-acres of holiday lights is helping kids with critical illnesses this winter.
The sets include a giant mushroom, an ice-cream palace spaceship, and a giant upside down toy box. They all illuminate the night sky in Kissimmee as a part of ‘Night of a Million Lights’—a walk-through show made up of, in fact, over 3.2 million lights.
Give Kids The World, a non-profit resort that provides vacations for sick children and their families, opened the dazzling display in November—and the proceeds will be used to support the granting of children’s wishes when the village reopens in January 2021.
“It’s just taking advantage of all of the whimsical things we have and bringing them to life with color and lights,” said Pamela Landwirth, President and CEO of Give Kids The World.
A 150-foot tunnel, a gingerbread arch, and an entire mini-golf course are part of the 45 villas that have been lit up with lights donated by the Walt Disney World Resort.
Launched in 1986, the charity normally serves over 8,000 families from all 50 states and over 70 countries in a year.
After having to temporarily close their doors in March due to COVID-19, they began thinking of ways to continue to bring joy to people.
Since its opening, nearly every night of the socially distanced light event has been sold out.
The show is projected to gross more than $3 million in charitable proceeds, with 90 cents of every dollar going to directly fulfil the wishes of critically ill children during their stay at the Village.
Tickets and more information can be found here at the non-profit’s website. The show continues until January 3, 2021.
“We look forward to sharing some holiday joy with the community,” said Pamela, “while making it possible for future wish children to have their wishes fulfilled.”